Guest list is a real who’s who of characters
By Nina King
You never know what you’ll get in a Martin Short show. No, wait, you actually do know what you’ll get. But you don’t, really. And that’s just because of the nature of your time with Short.
“It is,” Short said, “a party with Marty. It is very loose and fun. All the characters I’ve ever done show up. Jiminy Glick will interview a surprise guest, Ed Grimley shows up, Jackie Rogers (is there). Franck will discuss who has style and who doesn’t have style … I sing, I dance, there’s music. My analogy is, if you were having a party, and I jumped on the piano and did 90 minutes.”
Although Short includes those wacky characters who came to prominence during his time on Saturday Night Live, he weaves in plenty of material that is relevant to today, including the aforementioned Franck Eggelhoffer, the style maven of the Short world. And with election year here, it’s not hard to guess who Franck will be talking about.
Short keeps busy, very busy, when he’s not doing his one-man show, and not just with one project. He’s been building a massive résumé for 40 years now, and that’s deliberate.
“There is a certain point in your career, and especially my career, which is a very eclectic one … where you don’t have to figure out how to pay the rent. The rent is covered. Now you have a greater pressure. How do you stay interested? And for me, it’s been about having an eclectic résumé that year. If someone were to say, ‘Do you want to be a regular on a TV show?’ No. But ‘Do you want to do an arc on How I Met Your Mother, do about four shows?’ Oh, that’s fun. So there’s a difference. At the end of the year I like to think, ‘Oh, I did a movie … I’m in Frankenweenie, I did concerts, I did Vegas … that’s a more interesting year to me.”
For Short, the more things stay the same, the more they change.